Because it’s Friday: Religion and reading level

September 10, 2010

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The dating site OK Cupid often publishes on their blog interesting analyses of based on the self-reported data from their users, and the latest post is no exception. Most commentary has focused on race/gender preference analysis: according to the "Likes" sections of OK Cupid profiles, white males like "sweaty guitar rock, bro-on-bro comedies, things with engines, and dystopias" whereas black women like soul food and the color purple. (Remember: this is based on self-reported race and "likes". It's also notable that the post opens with the rhetorical question, "Is there any way to make fun of other races in public and get away with it?".)

I was most interested, though, in what appeared to be a throwaway analysis at the end of the post. If you use a standardized score to rank the writing proficiency of the users based on the essays they use to describe themselves in their profiles, and then break it down by self-described religion, this is what you find:

Offered with no further comment.

OKTrends: The REAL 'Stuff White People Like'

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